Perhaps this analogy will capture the absurdity of your editorial Thursday scolding us not "to back away from the task (in Iraq)." Suppose that a friend misrepresented an investment opportunity by using fraudulent documents and deceiving you about the likelihood that the enterprise would succeed. As the enterprise begins to fail and your investment is melting away, it dawns on you that your friend is incompetent and dishonest. Yet he urges you to stay the course and invest even more money. When you say no, he says you're lacking in courage and vision.
President Bush is like that "friend." He persuaded Congress that we should invade Iraq by falsely claiming that it was involved in 9/11 and had weapons of mass destruction which it planned to use against us. He persuaded us to invest $120 billion (and counting) as well as the lives of 630 American soldiers (and counting). His military adventure is falling apart, and we are learning each day how much he and his administration deceived us, and how poorly they planned for the invasion and its aftermath. Yet this dishonest and incompetent administration urges us to "stay the course." We're expected not only to throw good money after bad, but also to let him continue to sacrifice the lives of our soldiers rather than have the U.S. look bad because of his dishonesty and incompetence. With friends like this, who needs enemies?